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Arantzazu Martinez is a distinguished academic painter from Vitoria, Spain. With a foundation in traditional techniques and contemporary vision, her work epitomizes the fusion of skill and imagination. Trained at the Fine Arts University of the Basque Country and the Water Street Atelier under Jacob Collins, her creations resonate with depth and symbolism.
Arantzazu’s artistic approach blends the techniques of nineteenth-century academic art with a contemporary perspective. Her paintings, executed primarily in oil on linen canvas, capture reality through sensory recreation—embracing form, light, color, touch, and volume.
2005 Third Prize in the Landscape category at the International Art Renewal Center Salon: “The Old Tower”
2005 Third Prize in the Drawing category at the International Art Renewal Center Salon: “Paradise Lost”
2007 First Prize in the Figurative category at the International Art Renewal Center Salon: “The Death of Love”
2008 “The Secret Room” at the Ludwig Museum in The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
2009 Finalist at the International Art Renewal Center Salon: “The Witches’ House (La Casa de las Brujas)”
2010 Finalist at the International Art Renewal Center Salon: “The Hideout (La Guarida)”
2011 Finalist at the International Art Renewal Center Salon with “Rancor”, “Always in Your Thoughts”, and “Bird Girl”
2012 “The Image of Russia” at the Russian Academy of State Art, Moscow, Russia
2015 Best in Show, 11th Annual ARC Salon, “Absolute Trust – Sleeping Beauty”
2015 “Another Reality” at Fundación Arcilla, Madrid, Spain
2016 Finalist, 12th Annual ARC Salon, “Vedma”
2016 Grand Salon, Salmagundi Club, New York
2019 “Master Links – Ibex Collection”, SIRI HOUSE, Singapore.
2019 “Master Links – Ibex Collection”, Sansiri Gallery, Hong Kong
2021 Galeries Bartoux, London, United Kingdom
2022 “Art Must Go On”, Galeries Bartoux, Paris, France
2022 Art Miami, Galeries Bartoux, Miami, USA
2022 “Superrealism”, Art Center Horus, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
2023 Representational Art 2023 “Mimesis”, the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona
Arantzazu Martinez’s painting “Freedom Reborn” explores her connection to the spiritual feminine. After a year of painting only roses to get familiar with their texture, transparency, colors and shades, this brilliant work celebrates beauty beyond and free from the male gaze; it celebrates love and freedom and embraces the beauty of life in all forms. In a world full of complexity about acceptance and gender, ‘Freedom Reborn’ blows a fresh wind through the idea that we are all free to exist and pursue happiness in the way we choose. There is a universal comfort that seems to embody the word “freedom.”
Oil on canvas, 230 x 300 cm, 2018
“Absolute Trust,” a masterpiece by Arantzazu Martinez under Jacob Collins’ tutelage, showcases her classical art prowess. The regal figure seated on the ‘Lion King Chair’ exudes power, while surrounding symbols evoke rebirth and transcendence. Her serene confidence, guarded by vigilant birds, contrasts with a subdued gargoyle, symbolizing triumph over fear. A tableau of purity and wisdom unfolds with doves, an owl, and balanced hues, narrating transformation. This monumental masterpiece brings enduring beauty, a tribute to human spirit’s resilience.
Oil on canvas, 230 x 130 cm, 2016
Experience a portrayal of strength and stability in this painting—a contemporary Atlas embracing its power with remarkable equilibrium. Positioned at the composition’s core, this Atlas maintains balance amidst its surroundings, emblematic of holding the world within its grasp. The scene’s dynamic diagonals and spiraling canvases harmonize with the poised figure, amplifying the sense of balance. A restrained palette adds to the sobriety, emphasizing the painting’s compelling narrative.
Oil on canvas, 190 x 110 cm
Philipp Weber, a visionary hyperrealist artist, devotes himself to the pursuit of perfection with the discipline of a Shaolin monk, meticulously crafting expansive portraits that mirror reality in every detail.
Recognized for his artistic aptitude at an early age, Philipp’s teachers encouraged him to embrace his passion. He embarked on a fine art degree in Kassel, Germany, and astoundingly held his first solo exhibition less than a year after graduation.
Central to Philipp’s oeuvre is the element of water, symbolizing the universal source of life. This thematic connection infuses his work with layers of existential contemplation and insight. Weaving his personal visions and beliefs into his art, Philipp stands out for his ability to reconstruct reality in intricate detail. For Philipp, hyperrealism transcends mere detail—it’s about imbuing art with emotions and resonances.
2001 “Gegenständlich“, Stiftung Starke, Löwenpalais, Berlin, Germany
2001 “Zwischenwelten“, University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin, Germany
2002 “Charmed“, Galerie Hofmann + Kyrath, Berlin, Germany
2003 “Purity“, Galerie Ulrich Gering, Frankfurt, Germany
2004 “Spektrum Kunstlandschaft“, Hessische Landesvertretung, Berlin, Germany
2005 “Deep – Action“, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
2008 “Attraction!“, Castle Callenberg, Coburg, Germany
2008 “Weißes Herz“, Galerie Ulrich Gering, Frankfurt, Germany
2009 “Heads & Figures”, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany
2009 “Broken Vision”, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany
2011 “Creatura”, Galerie Ulrich Gering, Frankfurt, Germany
2012 “Malen im Quadrat“, Galerie Ulrich Gering, Frankfurt, Germany
2013 “32 Künstler – 32 Galerien”, Kunsthalle Wiesbaden, Germany
2014 “Der zweite Blick”, Galerie Supper, Baden – Baden, Germany
2015 “Schätze aus Privatbesitz“, Pforzheim Galerie, Pforzheim, Germany
2016 “Beyond Reality“, Mulan Gallery, Singapore
2018 “Lebenswege“, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
2019 “Master Links – Ibex Collection”, SIRI HOUSE, Singapore
2019 “Master Links – Ibex Collection”,Sansiri Gallery, Hong Kong
2021 Galeries Bartoux, London, United Kingdom
2022 “Art Must Go On“, Galeries Bartoux, Paris, France
2022 “Superrealism“, Art Center Horus, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Amidst cold and barren landscapes, a queen and her lady-in-waiting flee, seeking warmth and protection in an engaging painting. Philipp’s portrayal emphasizes their dynamic—the queen’s vulnerability, blurred yet poignant, contrasts with the lady-in-waiting’s resolute strength. Both crowned in gold, they embody wealth, power, and light, while rubies symbolize life, love, protection, and healing.
Oil on canvas, 280 x 180 cm, 2020
In ‘Signs of Infinity,’ Philipp Weber captures the delicate balance between vulnerability and trust in a higher purpose. The two female figures are depicted with striking tattoos, symbols of various religions and philosophies representing protection, knowledge, and new beginnings. There’s an ambiguity between the endured wounds and the positive symbolism created by the pattern of scars. Set against a backdrop of falling water, the human capacity to endure and simultaneously draw strength from suffering is highlighted.
Oil on canvas, 140 x 180 cm, 2023
“One Side Wing” by Nobuyuki Shimamura is an impressive painting that depicts the uncertainty of life and the vulnerability of our existence. The image of a single wing symbolizes the imperfection and uncertainty of our lives, but the presence of a feather near the model symbolizes hope and the ability to survive in uncertain times. The skulls in the background remind us of the value of life and the need to maintain hope, even in the most hardship-filled circumstances. Shimamura creates an emotionally and visually striking work that invites us to consider our own experiences and uncertainties.
Oil on canvas, 182 x 227 cm, 2020
Amidst a world that encourages self-expression, Sergio explores the edges of societal norms. In his artwork, convention meets disruption as a young woman’s daring liberation takes center stage. The chaos on the table dismantles to rebuild, while those around her are laid bare by her audacity. This act of breaking free from norms is both inspiring and envy-inducing, symbolized by a simple clothespin. Nudity becomes a motif of liberation, a raw truth to embrace profound feeling. As Sergio reflects, “Choosing to challenge rules can conflict with belonging and asserting individuality.”